Creating A Personal Shrine: a 3-Day Workshop to Honor Spirit
Next one: Memorial Day Weekend, 2020
Whatever your religious beliefs, a personal shrine can reflect your innermost beliefs and give you a creative outlet to express goals and ideals. It may be a memorial to a lost loved one or a way to focus on an aspect of self. Shrines, temples, altars, and empowered objects such as amulets, talismans and relics evoke unseen worlds, and are ways to focus energy and explore one’s own cosmology.
• we will look at shrines and sacred objects from various cultures
• consider the structure and function of a shrine or altar and its parts and inhabitants
• incorporate your own mythology in the form of personal totems, family stories, cultural responses, items from nature, etc.
• build your vision using collage, paper construction and clay
• create a container for sacred objects
All levels of clay experience welcome.
Bisque firing of workshop pieces at my studio included. Come back to glaze your work during a studio class.
Comments from the recent workshop:
“So thrilled to have committed to spend this time in this way. Your instruction and level of involvement and encouragement was perfect. Loved learning about shrines in all religions/times/countries/art practices…so inspirational…so much to draw from spiritually and visually. I gained confidence. I learned technique I can replicate at home. I was inspired by the journeys and processes of my classmates!” SY
“Amazing!” I loved the intro information about the shrines with the slides. It was such a pleasure to go inward with conscious people around me. You are a treasure, Sara. Thank you.” KM
“The workshop met all my expectations and more. When I take one of your workshops I never know what’s going to happen. That’s one of the joys of taking a class from you. I usually come away with a whole new direction for my work. I especially liked the focus on shrines as it helped me deal with important issues in my life right now. Your workshops fit my needs and mode of working. I’m in heaven while I’m in your studio.” GG
“I didn’t at all know what to expect, but have come to learn that your workshops are an intimate, spiritual experience, and this one didn’t disappoint! I found direction in my art and life this weekend—and was seeking that. Please keep doing what you’re doing.” PR
“The process of getting to the shrine making was important. I’ll use info from this workshop to teach short shrine-making retreats. Overall, it was an important development in my own clay work and image vocabulary, learning to think symbolically and to notice own my use of symbols. I was very intentional to work as if this was a rough draft, not fussing over technique. Consequently, I think I was freer and took more risks. I loved your reflection questions at the end (thank you for helping us to integrate). And I really appreciated how you helped us get into the process.” EP